Church Wilne Rotary Club enjoyed their pre-Christmas fun.

Whilst December is always a very busy time for the members and family of the Church Wilne Rotary Club, they can now look back with pride and many happy memories of their build up to Christmas time.

During December their Christmas float was in action on 12 days with Santa and his sleigh visiting Borrowash on three occasions, twice in Draycott, plus Ockbrook, Aston on Trent and the Draycott lights evening. Additional full days at Tesco Long Eaton, Sainsburys and the Co-op in Oakwood and Borrowash.

Club President Tony Beenham said after the Christmas float events to the Rotary organiser Brian Stokes "Thank you and Joyce for your continued support of the Christmas float. Both Joyce's and your support is unparalleled in your time and dedication in ensuring the float is available, roadworthy, fuelled, sweets supplied, torches and buckets despatched and collected and then monies counted and logged. The final amount collected was £4,783.59 and the Club thanks the generosity of the public for ensuring the success this year.

All the money raised goes back during the following year to the community and many groups and charities benefit from the public's generosity.

The club also marshalled at the Rainbows Santa Run at Elvaston Castle early in December when almost 400 took part. Paula North from Rainbows said "Without the support of the Rotary Club it would not be possible to run this event" Church Wilne President Tony Beenham along with his partner Paula Jones also completed the course.

The members enjoyed their Christmas meal at the Royal Oak on 7th December and seven days later well over 100 had a great night at Trent College when they held this year's Snow Ball. After enjoying excellent food, followed by a short welcome by President Tony, they were entertained by Matt Gaffney, his Elton John tribute and 70's classics and they sang and danced the night away.

On Saturday evening 19th they held their annual carol concert at St Chad's Church Wilne. It was the "Nine lessons and Carols" with members of both Church Wilne Rotary and the Inner Wheel Club joining together with the traditional lessons and carols plus upbeat Calypso Marys' Boy Child song-a-long. They were also privileged to hear the debut performance of "Draycott Sounds" and thanks were expressed to the Draycott Village Fund for the floral church decorations. Following the service many retired for a meal at the Clock Restaurant in Shardlow.

So, after an active Rotary month the members can now look forward to 2016 when they will continue to enjoy fellowship and be part of the community.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


30th November 2015

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